Formula One: Ferrari divided over Felipe Massa

Ferrari driver Felipe Massa

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Ferrari driver Felipe Massa is reported to have been given two races to save his spot with team after struggling to impose himself in first half of the campaign.

Massa was on the verge of being dropped by the Maranello-based outfit last term due to a poor run of results.

However, he earned a one-year contract extension in mid-October when he started to produce some better form with a podium finish in Japan and fourth place in Korea.

It is understood that the Brazilian has left his team divided, with some eager to see him released and others feeling he still has a lot to offer in the future.

The 32-year-old now reportedly has two opportunities to retain his place – the upcoming GP in Belgium as well as the following race at Monza in Italy.

Team-mate Fernando Alonso currently sits third in the Drivers’ Championship with twice as many points as Massa who is floundering in seventh position.

Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen has emerged as a top candidate to make a return to Ferrari if they choose to part company with Massa and it has also been reported by the German media that Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg has been included on the shortlist.

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